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List: Top Ten Most Expensive Transfers In World Football

Date: June 2007

Source: The Political Economy of Football Statistics

Base: All football player transfers up to end June 2007.

Notes: All prices in Euros. These rankings were originallypublished in 2006. The most expensive transfer between January 2007 and end June 2007 was Torres from Atletico de Madrid to Liverpool at a reported Euro32 million.

Looking at the list below there is a noticeable concentration around the years 1999 to 2001, when it appears prices accelerated. When you include the top twenty transfers of all time some 70% of them were made during this three year period and the buying clubs within that top 20 were all from Italy (Serie A), Spain (La Liga) or England (the Premier League).

Update: In 2008, the Brazilian Robinho moved from Real Madrid to Manchester City for a fee of Euro40 million. That same year Manchester United spent Euro36m on Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, who arrived from Tottenham. Two transfers in June 2009 altered the top of the list when Real Madrid spent an estimated Euro69 million on Kaká (transferred from AC Milan) and then Euro93 million on Ronaldo (from Manchester United).

Rank Player From To Price (Euro mn) Year
1 Zidane Juventus Real Madrid 76.0 2001
2 Figo Barcelona Real Madrid 61.0 2000
3 Crespo Parma Lazio 51.0 2000
4 Buffon Parma Juventus 46.8 2001
5 Vieri Lazio Internazionale 46.0 1999
6 Shevchenko AC Milan Chelsea 45.0 2006
7 Ferdinand Leeds Manchester United 41.7 2002
8 Mendieta Valencia Lazio 41.6 2001
9 Ronaldo Internazionale Real Madrid 41.0 2002
10 Veron Lazio Manchester United 40.3 2001


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